Former Bafana Bafana defender, Edward Motale, has revealed how Clive Barker managed to achieve success when in charge of the national team.
Barker was in charge of the national team between 1994 and 1997, cementing his place in history when Bafana claimed their first and only Africa Cup of Nations title in 1996 and Motale has revealed the secret to his former mentor’s success.
“What Clive Barker got right as Bafana coach was that he selected players that were on form; those who were consistent that were playing every day, week in and week out, those who were putting in the effort. It was either that you were doing so locally or internationally,” he explained to Soccer Laduma.
The 50-year-old pointed to examples such as Cape Town City coach, Eric Tinkler and the late Shoes Moshoeu to prove his point.
“You can look at (Eric) Tinkler, he was playing every game overseas, Shoes (Moshoeu) was playing every game in Turkey. And, on this side, we were consistently playing every game,” he added. “But there were players that were just on form like Brendan Augustine who was playing for Bush Bucks and was scoring every game. He was on form then and then we used the likes of the late Sizwe (Motaung) who was also on form. So those were the elements that he used, that’s where we had a nice combination.”